It’s 62 and quite clouded up. It’s not fog, and the clouds are at nearly 5000 feet. It’s very still , barely even enough breeze to stir the clematis. There’s just enough sunshine at times to cast shadows.
Yesterday I worked pretty steadily on catching up on the week’s pictures and blogs and calendars and mail. It took pretty much all day between that and doing some cleaning/sorting around the house and puttering in the garden. Tempus worked in the kitchen and then worked on the brakes on the car.
I curled up to read late in the afternoon, asking Tempus to make sure I hadn’t fallen asleep. Tempus came after me at about 6:30 and it was immensely foggy and grey, within 10 minutes it was raining, but at 7pm the sun came out again! This is *weird* weather!
Today I have to do the newsletters for the week and hopefully work on some more of the Mab’s Creations designs.
A Ken Gagne photo of a Great Blue Heron.
Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it.
“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa,occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Full on 9/8 at 9:38pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/7 at 6:38am.
Look lower left of the Moon right after nightfall for the Teapot of Sagittarius, tilting and pouring to the right.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, by midnight. See our Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune online or in the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 Low 1:48 AM 0.6 6:42 AM Set 12:33 AM 54
~ 3 High 8:18 AM 5.2 7:49 PM Rise 3:44 PM
~ 3 Low 1:28 PM 3.0
~ 3 High 7:39 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rise & Shine!
~ What was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. – Rhonda Hansome
~ What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. – Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
~ Everything within you can be used to assist you. Everything. -Kerr Cuhulain
The garden is ornamented with Fall’s sparse remains.
Sere and brown, they trace their shadows
Upon the sprinkle of white that drifts upon them.
As maiden turns to matron, Winter gardens sleep.
Spring will return in the next act. For now,
Persephone sleeps warm and cozy in Hades’ bed.
Demeter’s wails are heard at night;
The wind sings the keen beauty of frost. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert
How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash By Patti Wigington, About.com
Use fresh herbs from your garden to make a cleansing wash for Mabon. Image © Getty Images
This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.
Time Required: Varied
To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.
You’ll need a handful of each of the following:
- Spearmint or peppermint
Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.
Shawna Forest Dragon’s Incense for Mabon
One-half ounce each coarsely ground:
Balm of Gilead
One teaspoon of each:
One Powdered Tablespoon of each:
Mix together in small bowl
1 Tbsp Wine
1 Tbsp Rosewater
Put dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together thoroughly.
In second large bowl, mix one large pinch of dry ingredients with wet ingredients until mixed.
Add another large pinch of dry ingredients to the new mixture until completely incorporated.
Continue mixing dry ingredients to wet ingredients until fully mixed.
Shake twice a day for one week and then use on charcoal disks for Mabon ritual.